Nationals to pay Dave Martinez a base salary of about $1 million per year

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:23:19 AM. Bullpen coach is the lone vacancy remaining on the Nationals, though Henry Blanco is expected to be named to the position.
's work in Florida this week won't conclude when he and his peers disperse from the general managers' meetings at the Waldorf Astoria on Wednesday afternoon. Instead of jumping on a flight home, the general manager will drive south to West Palm Beach to spend a few days with the club's new coaching staff. It will be a chance for Dave Martinez, the team's rookie manager, and his coaches to convene as a group for the first time. They will examine offseason priorities and discuss in-season strategy. It will be, Washington hopes, one of the first steps in a long, fruitful tenure for Martinez. The Nationals veered from their usual way of handling managers when they agreed to give Martinez a three-year contract — the industry norm — with an option for a fourth year. They had previously refused to budge beyond two-year guaranteed deals for managers. , for example, was given a two-year, $4 million contract — after negotiations with disintegrated — and would've been up for a raise if he returned. Martinez, as expected for a rookie manager, will make less than Baker, a veteran skipper who had 20 years of experience before coming to Washington. Martinez will accrue $2.8 million over the first three years of his contract and the fourth-year option is worth $1.2 million, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Martinez's base salary for four years is, therefore, what Baker made in two, but it's also in the range of what the will pay Alex Cora, another first-time manager,...Read more
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